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Golf Betting: Valero Texas Open Preview

Adam Scott and he is the favorite in golf odds at SBG Global.comThe PGA Tour goes to Texas this week for the Valero Texas Open and five of the top ten finishers in the Masters are in the field.  The defending champion is Adam Scott and he is the favorite in golf odds at SBG Global.com.  Let’s take a look at the main contenders who could win in Texas this week.

Adam Scott nearly won the Masters last week and he is the defending champion so it is no surprise to see him the 7-1 favorite at SBG. He is 10th on the PGA Tour in driving and he leads the tour in birdies or better on par 5’s.  Right behind Scott in golf odds this week is Geoff Ogilvy at 9-1. Ogilvy tied for fourth last week at the Masters.  This will be his first time playing in this event. Another first-timer at the TPC in San Antonio will be Martin Laird.  He has played well all season, is seventh on the PGA Tour in all-around and he has finished 10th or better in three straight starts.  Laird is the only player in the field this week who is ranked in the Top 10 of the FedExCup standings.  Laird is the third choice in the betting at 13-1.

Ryan Palmer is a Texas native and he finished in a tie for 9th last season in this event and played well in the final round shooting a 64.  Palmer is listed at 18.5 to 1.  Following Palmer on the odds board are JB Holmes, Bo Van Pelt and Marc Leishman who are each 21-1.

Longshots seem to be winning every week on the PGA Tour. Let’s see if we can find a few to consider this week. Fredrik Jacobson finished second in this event a year ago and he tied for fifth in 2009.  He is 38-1 in the betting. Jimmy Walker is another longshot contender.  He finished tied for third last year in this event and he is sixth on the PGA Tour this season in adjusted scoring average. He has gotten some early action this week and his odds have already dropped to 23.5 to 1 at SBG.  Also at 23.5 to 1 is Anthony Kim. We’ll throw one more longshot in this week and look at J.J. Henry who is 38-1. He has been in the money in all 10 starts this year and has six Top 25 finishes. He is 13th on the PGA Tour this season in greens in regulation.

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